Will Man desert the Dog for the Dolphin?

Accession Number

Will Man desert the Dog for the Dolphin?

Sir Eduardo Paolozzi

Artist Nationality
British (modern)

Object Creation Date
1965 - 1970

Medium & Support
photolithograph on paper

14 15/16 in x 10 in (37.94 cm x 25.4 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Professor Diane M. Kirkpatrick

Subject matter
Like many of his contemporaries, Paolozzi used new printing techniques as a way to engage with modern mass media's new visual culture. At the same time, the photomechanical process made the work look mechanically manufactured rather than hand made, in the traditional artistic sense. Therefore, after he modified, transformed, and assembled the source image(s), the medium allowed for a more uniform final image.

This early artist proof is one design of a large series of 50 prints included in the 1970 portfolio, which was a second edition of the an earlier group of slightly larger prints titled "Moonstrips Empire News." While the first series was strictly produced as screenprints, this second series "General Dynamic F.U.N." includes works of photolithography, like this one. The themes seen in this portfolio are different in style and subject matter from other Pop works of the period, but engage with the images of a modern mass media, looking beyond just advertising and publicity images. Likewise, the title of the portfolio alludes to the General Dynamics Corporation, who was the manufacturer of the F-111 fighter used during the Vietnam War—the same one referenced in James Rosenquist monumental painting "F-111."

Physical Description
This print is monochromatic, in a dark blue, and shows an image of a parrot, created out of computer parts. Just the chest and head of the mechanical parrot are visible and the bird faces to the right of the print. Below this image is a design showing the movements of pistons at four moments in their cycle. The print is signed and dated by the artist in pencil (l.r.) "Eduardo Paolozzi A/P 1965/70".

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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